Cat vaccination basics

Cat vaccination basics

This page contains relevant information on the cat vaccinations recommended by Vet Hospital Port Shepstone in the South Coast area – the cat vaccination basics. For more in-depth information on the topic, please refer to our cat & dog vaccinations page.

Vaccinations, also referred to as ‘jabs’ or inoculations, creates immunity against the vaccinated diseases. In cats, vaccinations are given as injections under the skin.

To make sure all your cat’s relevant vaccinations are up to date, please phone our reception for enquiries.

Necessary or core feline vaccinations

The core cat vaccinations recommended for the Hibberdene – Port Shepstone – Shelly Beach area are against Feline Panleukopenia Virus (the true, so-called “cat-flu” virus), Feline Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus and Rabies Virus.

Kittens are given primary vaccinations at 8 weeks and then again at 12 weeks of age. When a kitten is not vaccinated at these exact ages, a series of two vaccinations are given four weeks apart. All the necessary vaccinations are then boosted annually.

Optional or non-core feline vaccinations

The optional feline vaccines are catered towards the lifestyle of a cat. We at Vet Hospital Port Shepstone also recommend the Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) and Chlamydia vaccine. The correct way to vaccinate for FeLV is by giving two primary vaccinations one month apart and then an annual FeLV booster. It can be done in kittens from 9 weeks of age and it can be given with the necessary vaccinations. We usually give the FeLV vaccine at 12 weeks, then boost it in 4 weeks’ time. Our routine feline vaccinations include the Chlamydia antigens at no extra cost and they are given as per the core feline vaccinations as above.

Other available feline vaccines are Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).

The vaccination consultation

At Vet Hospital Port Shepstone, we use the annual vaccination consultation to ‘catch up’ on your pet. Where possible, the attending veterinarian will do a full clinical exam and answer questions or concerns you might have about your pet.


Cats share litter boxes and dig a lot in the garden. This exposes them to high amounts of worm eggs. Routine deworming is absolutely necessary to keep your cat healthy. The standard for deworming cats is 3 to 4 times a year or every 3 to 4 months. During the vaccination consultation, the attending veterinarian will also enquire about the last deworming date and suggest the best dewormer if deworming is not up to date.

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